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Poster: veblen Date: Dec 2, 2008 9:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This week in historic GD

don't know about being on the ball, I just recall reading this a few years ago:

POP QUIZ -- Q & A With the Dead's Bill Kreutzmann: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/01/11/PK13632.DTL
Steven Stolder---Sunday, January 11, 1998

"Q: Is it true that when the Grateful Dead first came together you were known to some as Bill Sommers?

A: (laughing) I hope I don't get in trouble for this one. We formed in Palo Alto when I was about 18 years old, and all except for Jerry and Phil Lesh were under 21. I was working at Behavior Research Labs out behind Stanford as a gofer -- I carried books for professors. So I got access to their equipment and made these phony draft cards. I used Bill Sommers as my alias. We didn't care about drinking. We just wanted to get into places where you could play music for people."

I guess the drinking came later...

funny, I recall when finding that would have taken an afternoon with microfiche...an afternoon if you were lucky...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 3, 2008 4:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This week in historic GD

The Warlocks were formed in Palo Alto at the end of 1964 when Jerry Garcia, Ron "PigPen" McKernan and Bob Weir, who were members of Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, decided that they wanted to play "electric" music. They added a rhythm section, Dana Morgan Jr. on bass and local drummer Bill Kreutzmann.
The first Warlock performance was in Magoo's pizza parlour in Menlo Park in May 1965. After a handful of performances Phil Lesh replaced Dana Morgan on bass.

Eventually, the band learned that another band was already called the Warlocks, a band led by Billy Gibbons, the future guitarist of ZZ Top. The Warlocks played their last show in November 1965 and thereafter adopted the name the Incredible Edible Ethical Tricycle (Weir's suggestion The Hobbits had been taken already just as well).

For the occasional show in later years The Warlocks were billed as Harvey Kurtzman & the Morlocks (formally Will Chicken Fat Elder & Die Greatful Heads).


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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 3, 2008 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This week in historic GD

Informative posting! And I didn't even have to ask any questions...

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